STAGECOACH, Nevada (AP) — A medical transport plane crashed in the mountains of northern Nevada, killing all five people on board, including the patient.
The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of seven investigators to the crash site Friday night near the stagecoach.
“How do you know if a plane breaks in flight? He said he found the parts.
At the afternoon briefing, Landsberg said the team had spent the day looking for debris from the downed plane. He said investigators would likely be on the scene for several days before the wreckage of the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 was moved so they could attempt to determine the probable cause of the crash. Added. This plane was built in 2002.
“Right now we don’t know. It’s like a 3D puzzle,” Landsberg said. “If you don’t collect all the pieces in one place, it becomes even more difficult.”
The crash occurred amid a winter storm warning issued by the Reno National Weather Service for large areas of Nevada, including parts of Lyon County. It was snowing steadily with winds around 20 mph (30 kph) and gusts up to 30 mph (50 kph).
When the flight left Reno for Salt Lake City, Utah, and crashed, there was less than 2 miles (3.2 km) of visibility and a cloud ceiling about 2,000 feet (600 m) above the ground, according to the Weather Service.
Care Flight, which provides air and helicopter emergency services, has identified the plane that crashed and said the pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic, patient and the patient’s family were all dead.
Robin Hayes, a stagecoach resident and former flight nurse, said he heard a plane crash over the house, crashing behind it.
“I knew the plane was out of order,” Hayes told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Hayes called 911 and got out, but the snowstorm prevented him from seeing the wreckage.
Misty Gruenemey told the newspaper that the wind was howling behind the stagecoach house and the snow was blowing hard. Located at mile (72 km).
Gruenemay said he wanted to help, but the situation was so bad that he didn’t have a car that could safely navigate a dirt road buried in six inches of snow.
“It was snowing and visibility was terrible. I don’t even understand why that plane was even allowed to take off,” Gruenemey said.
Authorities began receiving calls about the crash near the Nevada stagecoach around 9:15 p.m. and found the wreckage two hours later, according to the Lion County Sheriff’s Office.
Careflight officials said they have suspended all flights and will work with each operation to determine when services will resume.
The plane was registered with Guardian Flight, based in South Jordan, Utah, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Care Flight is a service of REMSA Health for Reno and Guardian Flight.
According to the National Association of Insurance Supervisors website, more than 500,000 medical patients use air ambulance services in the United States each month.
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